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Jane Gale with her great-granddaughter

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Origins of surname

There are three possible origins of this surname given by the Internet Surname Database. The first is from an early medieval English nickname for a cheerful, pleasant or roisterous person. This is derived from the Olde English gal, meaning jovial, rowdy or merry. The second source is from a personal name, introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066 as 'Geil', and having the same meaning. The third possible source is from the Old Norman-French gaiole, meaning a jail, and thus a occupational surname for a jailer.

Early records

The name first appeared in Jersey records in 1766.


  • Gale
  • Gail
  • Geil
  • Geill
  • Gayle
  • Gails

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Gale family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Albert Gale, 17 Southlands, St Clement - 18 September 1937, D/Y/A/101
  • Alice Gale, La Chasse, St Helier - 26 January 1933, D/Y/A/94
  • Frederick Gale, 21 Windsor Road, St Helier - 17 April 1931, D/Y/A/91
  • Ida Gale, 5 Broad Street, St Helier - 19 January 1944, D/Y/A/112
  • Joseph Gale, St Brelade - 8 March 1923, D/Y/A/83

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